My wife has lately been thinking about ways to improve our home, and has settled upon installing crown molding in our 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms as one of the things she would like to do. My question is this: for two people who have little DIY experience, is installing crown molding something we can do ourselves, or should we call a professional?
It can be done yourself.
You need 3 people. One in each corner, and one in the center, doing the actual installing. You will be working with long pieces that break easily, so you'll need to support the work at all times.
The other problem is getting the material home without breaking it.
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I saw Tom Silva install this stuff once on the "This Old House Hour." It's pre-primed polyurethane crown that installs using clips you screw in to the wall. You can even get corner blocks to eliminate the need for tricky cope cuts in the corners. It sounds klugey, but the finished product looked pretty good at least on TV, and it looked to be way easier for a first-timer to install than regular crown.